French Vanilla Marshmallow Assam

Tea type
Black Tea
Ingredients
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Flavors
Astringent, Cream, Honey, Malt, Smooth, Toasty, Vanilla, Citrus, Tea, Marshmallow
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Certification
Organic, Vegan
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205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 5 g 16 oz / 487 ml

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  • “Virtual Teatime with Todd during Sunday Doctor Who! We got the same teas from the Mystery Box sale (sans one banana tea; I appreciate it, Anne!) so we decided to do a sampler round during our...” Read full tasting note
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  • “I got this recently with a 52teas sale. I tried it with my friend Sara while enjoying this week’s Doctor Who. She got it in the same sale. The brewed tea smells of black tea and vanilla. The assam...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Sipdown (354) I feel like Marshmallow Assam was the most brisk, the Vanilla Marshmallow was a bit softer, and French Vanilla Marshmallow Assam is even softer. Personally, my preference is for the...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Don’t you just love happy mail? This was part of a little box of cheerful that came my way this weekend from ashmanra. Mostly you had me at Assam, but there’s a pastry-cookie-like bonus in the...” Read full tasting note

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So this is not technically a reblend, nor would I call it a “new blend” exactly – but rather – a reinterpretation of two teas (French Vanilla Assam and Marshmallow Assam) that was also inspired by at least a couple of other teas (Amethyst’s Gold and The Vanilla Marshmallow.) I was also ultimately inspired to craft this blend after hearing from several different customers requesting that I have either a vanilla/marshmallow version of tea every month or, alternatively, add one of these aforementioned vanilla/marshmallow black teas to our permanent collection.

And as many of you may recall – I have been promising to add another tea to our permanent collection for well over a year now – but because I’ve been so busy and busily trying to get myself caught up for almost as long – I haven’t been able to focus on that issue.

And – even though three of the four aforementioned vanilla/marshmallow teas were featured on this year’s poll and none of them earned quite enough votes to win – if you combine the votes from all three – you have an overwhelming landslide of a win – clearly, you guys WANT a vanilla and/or marshmallow black tea! So, here I am, creating a sorta new/sorta re-imagined vanilla and marshmallow black tea . . . AND I’m also announcing an all-new D’s Tea!

Yes, THIS tea is going to be our newest D’s Tea – well . . . kinda.

The newest D’s Tea (or permanent collection tea) is going to be a vanilla and/or marshmallow black tea. So right now – as of today – this tea is available on our D’s Teas page. However, when this tea sells out – I might reblend a different vanilla and/or marshmallow black tea. It might be French Vanilla Assam. Or it might be The Vanilla Marshmallow. Or . . . it might be Amethyst’s Gold . . . or it might be Marshmallow Assam . . . or it might be this one. Or I might come up with a different vanilla and/or marshmallow black tea blend. But we will permanently have a black tea with the flavors of vanilla and/or marshmallow available (or at least, getting blended and will be available very soon) from this point forward.

So there you have it.

About this tea: I started with a blend of Assam teas that includes a first flush Assam as well as a second flush Assam. Together, these two Assams create a rich, flavorful, fruity and malty cuppa. It’s a powerful blend of Assam teas – it’s going to get you revved up in the morning – or revive you in the afternoon when you need a perk-me-up. To these teas, I added some vanilla beans and marshmallow root as well as some French vanilla extract. I also added some cornflower petals to make it pretty (but not enough to add a strong floral note.) The vanilla and marshmallow notes soften the edge of the Assam nicely – you still get that robust black tea flavor but you also get this sweet, soft, fluffy vanilla-y/marshmallow-y note that is quite divine. And it’s also organic, VEGAN, gluten-free & allergen free!

organic ingredients: black tea, marshmallow root, vanilla bean, cornflower & natural flavors

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Virtual Teatime with Todd during Sunday Doctor Who! We got the same teas from the Mystery Box sale (sans one banana tea; I appreciate it, Anne!) so we decided to do a sampler round during our weekly Sunday online viewings. I wanted to do this tea first, because I had a sealed older packet from the 2018 Christmas box, and I’m all about using up older tea first.

The dry tea leaf actually had an aroma that reminded me of coconut creme, for some reason. I brewed 5g for 3 minutes in 500ml water. Steeped up, though, it smells more like vanilla brandy, and I think I do pick out the marshmallow, though my nose is still reading the fragrance as toasted coconut (maybe it’s the toasty association in my brain of both ingredients?) The tea is smooth, with notes of malt and honey, and I’m definitely tasting vanilla and cream, with a touch of astringency left after the sip. It’s actually a rather robust black base, and I think if I were to make a second pot, I might add just a hint of sweetener, perhaps experiment with a touch of honey or making this as a latte with vanilla almond milk. Straight up, it is a nice breakfast option or afternoon pick-me-up tea due to the boldness of the assam.

Flavors: Astringent, Cream, Honey, Malt, Smooth, Toasty, Vanilla

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 5 g 17 OZ / 500 ML
Todd

Ooh, honey might be good with this. I just got some honey.

AJRimmer

I keep buying the mystery boxes, but I managed to resist this time because I have a lot of recent 52teas blends in my cupboard, and I’m trying to avoid repeats. I was very tempted though!

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I got this recently with a 52teas sale. I tried it with my friend Sara while enjoying this week’s Doctor Who. She got it in the same sale.

The brewed tea smells of black tea and vanilla.

The assam itself has a nice, rich flavor, with something like a citrus note. The vanilla is a nice complement for the flavor. I don’t taste any marshmallow, but I’m still happy with this tea. Oh! I have marshmallows, and I was kind of hoping for that flavor, so…

Floating a single marshmallow in the cup doesn’t change the flavor from what I can tell, but it is fun. Thanks, 52teas! I like.

Flavors: Citrus, Tea, Vanilla

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 30 sec 4 g 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Sipdown (354)

I feel like Marshmallow Assam was the most brisk, the Vanilla Marshmallow was a bit softer, and French Vanilla Marshmallow Assam is even softer. Personally, my preference is for the Vanilla Marshmallow but all are delicious.

This particular one is soft but has a whole lot of marshmallow yum to it. Less vanilla than I recall in the Vanilla Marshmallow but still enough that its detectable. Plus, you also get flavor from the base which gives this enough body that it works as a good morning tea (I say as I drink it at 4:36 in the afternoon).

With all that said, I don’t find myself reaching for this one often enough so I am passing on the last of my sample to someone I know will appreciate it. So this is goodbye and I am okay with that…at least for now.

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2167 tasting notes

Don’t you just love happy mail? This was part of a little box of cheerful that came my way this weekend from ashmanra. Mostly you had me at Assam, but there’s a pastry-cookie-like bonus in the vanilla (you notice that first) and the marshmallow, which pleasantly tops off each sip. Reminded me a little of H&S Vanilla Comoro, but with a little muscle.

ashmanra

I was hoping you would like this one! :)

gmathis

Had it with a cranberry orange muffin—perfect combo!

ashmanra

Oooooo, nice! Sounds lovely!

gmathis

Afterthought: Good mail. Maybe that’s while I like Steepster people so much. You know how to send it, and equally love receiving it!

Kawaii433

I really liked this one and the Brulee one too.

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I was super thrilled when Annie was posting tasting notes on the 52Teas advent this past Christmas. I couldn’t wait to see what blends would be released, and Annie was mentioning them every day. So thanks for that… I was experiencing the advents through tasting notes, since I didn’t grab an advent. AND THEN Annie was awesome and shared most of the the advent teas with me. I really really appreciate it. I’ve heard so many people fawning over this one so I’m happy to try it. I love vanilla and marshmallow root and assam. I used less than a teaspoon as the pouch suggested, but used my smaller mug. The assam is a smaller leaf and not the huge assam leaves, so I can see why this suggestion was made. The flavor is lovely – a nice comforting hug of a cup on a winter day (sipped while reading Tommy Orange’s ‘There There’ in front of a sunny window). I like the additional vanilla flavor, because usually if there are only vanilla beans in a 52teas blend, I can’t really taste vanilla at all. Here, I’m tasting a little bit of vanilla and some marshmallow on a brisk assam base. On the second steep, the flavors were a bit diminished. Third steep, the leaf was very done on the flavor level and was pretty much a plain assam by that point. So this blend is tasty enough. Possibly not as magical as most of you made it sound! As an aside, this blend reminds me of my beloved Berried Treasure blend… why didn’t anyone else share my love of that one?! I love Berried Treasure more, but of course will also enjoy the remaining teaspoons of this one. It also reminds me of the big leaf Marshmallow Assam that was Frank’s blend. This blend could also remind me of another beloved: Peachy Keen but with additional blackberry and peach flavors. I do like the idea of a vanilla/marshmallow blend always being in 52Teas permanent collection.
Steep #1 // less than 1 teaspoon for a full mug // 18 minutes after boiling // 2 1/2 minute steep
Steep #2 // 10 minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep
Steep #3 // just boiled (half a mug) // ?? min

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10,000 random notes and saved tea drinking on here. Craaaaaazy. Also not nearly as impressive as when someone like rowell strange hits it, since i often have terrible un-tea related notes. But it’s nice to know that i’m sticking with this whole tea drinking thing and that while i’ve gone from no tea, to 350+ and back down again, it’s something that i genuinely enjoy. Vanilla teas will always have a home in my cupboard and this one is no exception. Pretty sure it’ll always be a 52 tea vanilla….unless i’m lucky enough to get in some MF or DF. Thoroughly enjoying this one still!

tea-sipper

Happy 10,000! Yowzaz. I had to check my own number and I’m only at 2,752 so I consider that a MAJOR accomplishment for you, even if sometimes it isn’t so much a tea note. :D Thanks for sticking around Steepster.

Sil

you too! nice to keep seeing familiar “old” faces :)

Roswell Strange

10,000 is a crazy impressive accomplishment – regardless of who hits it :P Perhaps some day I’ll catch up to you! XD

__Morgana__

Wow, that is amazing!

Evol Ving Ness

Wow!! And this one is an excellent one to toast that majestic number with! Congrats, Sil!

Kittenna

Congrats! That’s a lot of cups of tea, and this is a good one to hit it with, as Evol said. :D

mrmopar

Congrats Sil!

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8th Day of Christmas Teas

Glad to hear a some form of this will be a permanent staple at 52teas. Having a nice vanilla black tea in your cupboard is usually a win for the more indecisive guests looking for an unspecified pot of black tea that isn’t an Earl Grey.

The only tweaks I’d want are a more chocolatey base or a little caramel with my vanilla (Think Butiki’s Caramel Vanilla Taiwanese Assam). Marshmallow is pretty sweet too though!

Flavors: Malt, Marshmallow, Vanilla

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12 Belated Teas of Christmas – #8
This is the one I was waiting for!!! And it doesn’t disappoint. It’s a delicious vanilla black. I don’t know that I can really tell that it’s french vanilla, or marshmallow; it’s just tasty. About the only wish I’d have would be for this to be on a base like LB. But it’s good how it is.

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I enjoyed this one! I don’t really taste the vanilla or marshmallow as distinct flavors, but I can tell they are there in how they soften the sharpness of the black. It gives it a certain richness that the Assam doesn’t have on its own, without making it sweet. This was my tea this afternoon for board game time with the family. I’m happy to report I didn’t kill anyone, lol. Family time, both wonderful and not!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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8th tea of Christmas

hot damn, this one is delicious. this is another one that I drank yesterday morning, but forgot to write about. I love all of the marshmallow teas that Anne has done, well, all the ones I’ve tried anyway. I think it was last year that Marshmallow Assam came out and it was one of my favourites. the dry leaf just engulfs you in this nice comforting cloud of vanilla, I want this tea as a candle. there is also a really beautiful malty-ness in this tea as well. /cries/

Mastress Alita

Yo, fellow librarian tea addict!

tea-sipper

Oh man, another tea I want to try.

tea-sipper

Also, if you read the description for this tea, Anne says there will always be a vanilla/marshmallow tea in the permanent collection which I am thrilled about!

52Teas

This one is on the website right now. :)

annie

@Mastress Alita, I’m a library school drop out!! but I do love tea :)

annie

@tea-sipper, yessss please try it, it is delightful. and yes! I did see that and I’m excited bc I love all things vanilla/marshmallow.

Mastress Alita

Ah, well your profile bio here on Steepster says you work in a library.

annie

@Mastress Alita, I’m a cataloger in an academic library, I just lack a library degree (I do have a fine arts degree tho! hahaha)

Mastress Alita

I’m a cataloger in a public library (fifteen years this year!) I don’t have an MLIS, but I wouldn’t consider that as what defines a person as a librarian, IMO. (I have an Associates of Library Science with a Bachelors in General Studies; there weren’t any MLIS programs available in my state and out-of-state tuition and me didn’t exactly jive, heh).

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